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CHARLESTON, SC -- It's one of our core beliefs at Southern Sports Performance: You cannot succeed without the support of your teammates. If you are an amateur athlete who plays a team sport, it is incredibly difficult to have a lone wolf mindset. Let me explain.

 

The bond that teammates share is strong and resilient. You do everything together. Eat, Train, Practice, Hang Out, Compete. They go through the grind with you. They understand your crazy schedule because their schedule is the exact same. Who else is going to want to go with you to Waffle House at 12:45am on a Wednesday because you just got off the bus after a mid-week game? Your schedule is what brings you together, but it is the camaraderie that keeps you together. Teammates are with you 24/7.

 

The camaraderie that develops helps you on and off the field. Since baseball tends to be such a technical sport, it is tough to talk baseball with someone who isn't in it with you. They won't understand the little things you did right or wrong in your last outing and they definitely won't understand the tweaks you're making to your pitching/hitting mechanics in practice. Teammates can offer a unique set of eyes and ears to help you develop as a player. Teammates make you a better player.

 

At Southern Sports Performance, we pride ourselves in offering individualized athletic training programs that are catered to your individual needs. However, there is something to be said for the team aspect of training. It gives you an extra spark in the weight room when you're on your last set of squats and you look to your right and see your teammate giving it his all in his last set of squats. It's motivating. Iron sharpens Iron. That is why we structure our team weight lifting programs in two parts: core team lifts and individualized lifts. Being a part of a team provides a unique opportunity to have 20 other guys hold you accountable for how hard you work. It's why businesses often love hiring former athletes. They've been trained to work hard and push others to be better. Teammates push you to reach another gear.

 

You have good games and bad games as an athlete. It's part of it. Being a consistently good teammate helps you survive the bad and enjoy the good. They pick up the slack when you have a bad night at the plate and they're the first to circle around home plate after you hit a walk-off to win it. Without your teammates support, you are likely to get overwhelmed by the highs and lows of competition.

 

This is a big reason why one of my favorite sayings is, "Make a teammate better today." It puts the focus on someone else rather than yourself. Work hard for the guy beside you because you'd want him to do the same for you. You are in the same boat. Win together, lose together. Concentrate on being a good teammate this week.

Because without teammates, winning wouldn't be nearly as sweet.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- I’m glad you’ve made it to this page! I’m Quintin Pile and one of the Co-Founders of SSP. The blog posts that I’ll be contributing will typically cover things I have personally experienced through my playing and coaching days. I hope you find these posts valuable, and please reach out to Elliot or myself with any comments or questions!

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Why you should think twice about playing fall baseball?

 

Parents and players are always chomping at the bit to get on the best travel ball organizations with the most college commitments or to go to showcases in hopes of obtaining a college roster spot. Everyone is always talking about “exposure”, but have you ever considered what college recruiters are looking for? I think it would be naive of any parent or player to not ask themselves do we really have something that is ready to “showcase”.

 

Personally, I made this mistake when I was growing up. My parents took me a Perfect Game event and wasted their time and money when I was 16. Why was it a waste? That is what you’re supposed to do, right? Everyone knows Perfect Game. All the best athletes go to these events. It made sense that this would be the quickest route to getting a college scholarship.

 

Now, I want to preface this post by saying that participating in Perfect Game Showcases (and other showcases of the like) is not a mistake in and of itself. On the contrary, I believe they can be extremely helpful in getting guys seen by college scouts and providing a method by which high school athletes can take the next step. The idea I want to illustrate in this post is that timing is everything when showcasing your talent and our goal at Southern Sports Performance is to make sure that each athlete is able to showcase his or her absolute BEST. In other words, make sure you have a "college-ready" tool to show off before you spend your time and money on a showcase.

 

Looking back, I can tell you that the reason it was a mistake for me to participate in the PG event at 16 was staring back at me in the mirror. It wasn’t that I played bad; I actually had one of the best outings of my life at the event. There were plenty of scouts walking around. It seemed like the event went about as well as it could have!

 

However, following the event, I received zero emails or scholarship offers from the event. Not a word. What gives? It didn’t make sense. Was I invisible? I saw all the radar guns in the stands. Even my buddy at the same event got 7 emails from Division 1 colleges (including 2 from Power 5 schools). And he had a way worse outing then I did if you just saw the box score. What was the difference?

 

After spending time playing baseball at the Division 1 level and hearing college coaches talk about the recruiting process, I came to understand just what happened. At 16 years old, I was a 5’ 8” right handed pitcher topping out at 82mph. Taylor, the aforementioned buddy, was a 6’0 lefty throwing at 87mph. The difference lies within the potential that scouts saw in us.

 

 

Let’s fast forward to the next PG event I attended roughly a year later. I was still 5’ 8 (Yes, my profile says 5’11”. Yes, I was insecure and lied). I had a very poor outing. I walked a handful of guys and struggled to get out of the innings that I threw… but received several Division 1 scholarship offers after this specific event. What? How does this make sense?

 

 

I topped out at 88mph. (Please ignore my 60 yard dash time. I’m slow, I get it.) I showed the scouts I had potential to be an above average arm. See, the cold truth of college baseball is that scouts aren’t really interested in how well you play against other high school kids. They don’t really care about how good your mechanics are or even if you throw a ton of strikes. They care about potential. They ask themselves, “Would this guy start over the guy we already have?” College coaches believe that they can teach mechanics and techniques. What they need are tools.

 

Was I ready to “showcase” my tools to college and professional scouts at 16? Absolutely not. Did that make me a bad baseball player or untalented? Absolutely not. The problem was that I had never devoted my time or efforts to developing an elite “Tool”. Scouts grade players in five areas, which they call “tools”.

 

Position Players:

How often does he make consistent, hard contact hitting.

How far does he hit the ball?

How hard does he throw?

How well does he field?

How fast is he?

 

Pitchers:

How hard does he throw?

How good is his command?

Does his body project to add velocity and control?

How good is his secondary pitch?

How well does he compete?

 

The whole point of this blog is to communicate to you how important time is. You must be honest with yourself if you are ready to spend the time and money to showcase your tools, or if you would benefit from taking that same time and energy to perfect your craft and devote yourself to a proper individualized training program. Maybe the best idea isn’t playing in a fall league at 150lbs throwing 80mph. Are those extra 20 innings or 30 at-bats going to make the difference? Probably not.

 

You should spend the time to put on 10-15lbs of muscle and get on customized throwing program. There are plenty of high school players that are sought after by college coaches that don’t even attend showcases. If you are good enough they will find you. If you throw 88-90mph and take a video of it with a radar gun and email it to coaches, you will end up with plenty of phone calls from interested scouts.

 

Did we make up the money we spent at the event? Sure, but the thing that you can’t get back is time. Time is not on your side in this game, so you must spend it wisely. Take the time to develop an elite tool, then showcase that tool. It doesn’t work the other way around.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

CHARLESTON, SC -- In today's dopamine-filled, instant-gratification society, most of us are looking for what is going to give me the results I want NOW. This is true in a wide variety of situations and the thought process is best exemplified by the world of Social Media. Right, wrong, or indifferent... social media has a huge hold on our society and we often look to it for news, humor, advice, entertainment, and social interaction.

 

Sadly, in the sport training/weight lifting world, there are very few instances where we can get the results we want quick enough to fill that void of instant gratification. It takes time. It takes showing up day in and day out to put in the work. Elite athletes did not become elite because they found the magic workout plan or that they trained really hard for 8 weeks. No. They got to where they are by putting in years of work. They got there by showing up every day and getting 1% better. It's the consistency that sets them apart.

 

To put it differently, it is much harder to start than it is to maintain. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest but objects in motion tend to stay in motion. If you've ever pushed a sled in the weight room, you know this to be true. It is way harder to get that sled moving compared to keeping it moving on the turf once you get it going. In your exercise routine, you have to keep it moving once you get it started. Therefore, it is important to schedule, plan, and stay the course when it comes to your workout program.

 

However, this is all talk. You're reading these words on a screen. How do we transfer this idea into actual work? Here are 3 tips for maintaining consistency in your workout regimen.

 

1. Surround Yourself With The Right People. -- One of our core beliefs at Southern Sports Performance is that, at the amateur level, you will never maximize your potential without the support of your teammates. To be consistent in the weight room, and in life, you need to have a quality supporting cast to keep you accountable and on track. It is easy to hide when you train by yourself. Teammates ensure accountability and add that spark to your lift that only comes when you look to your left and you see your buddy grinding alongside you.

 

2. Be Microambitious. -- Unrealistic or vague long term goals are a cancer to your development. You can hide behind vague long term goals because it doesn't require anything from the athlete here and now. Be clear and direct with what you want to accomplish and set a daily or weekly goal to accomplish that task. Setting a goal for next year that doesn't require you to show up to a scheduled lift tomorrow because you have plenty of time is a recipe for disaster. At Southern Sports Performance, we believe in being microambitious in our goals and expectations so that we can be where we want to be in the long term.

 

3. Learn The Why. -- Being consistent in your training and development will require sacrifice and dedication. It is very difficult to be dedicated to something that you don't fully understand. If I am going to commit my time and energy to a program, I want to know what I am getting myself into. This is why it is so important to learn about the exercises, the stretches, the routines you are participating in... rather than just going through the motions in some one-size-fits-all program that your coach found online. Have conviction and take control of your development. Ask questions. It's your future. It's your career. As coaches, our time on the field/court is up. You have to take responsibility for your own development and, at Southern Sports Performance, we believe that the only to do that is to know why you're doing what you're doing.

 

Be Built Different.

 

If you are interested in learning more about team training or personal training, set up a free consultation by sending us an email at elance@southernsportsperformance.com.